24-year-old Simon Trummer will be starting his third season in the GP2 series when the 2014 season begins in Bahrain next weekend. He remains at the Rapax team that he raced for last year, and was the first driver to be confirmed for 2014 even before the 2013 season had ended.
Indeed, Trummer is one of only five drivers in the GP2 series in 2014 that have remained at the same team they competed for in 2013, the others being Felipe Nasr at Carlin, Stephane Richelmi at DAMS, Alexander Rossi at Caterham and Daniel de Jong at MP Motorsport.
“It was mainly how I felt with the team,” admits Trummer to Checkered Flag when asked about why he remained with Rapax. “And on the other side I can take advantage that we don’t have to learn each other again, means [they know my] driving style, [I know my] engineer, and all this.”
Trummer’s 2013 season was rather disappointing; starting out with three points finishes in the two Malaysia races and the Bahrain feature race, but only scored points in three over races during the season. His best finish was sixth in the Malaysian sprint race and the Hungarian feature race. When compared to what his team-mate from last year Stefano Coletti achieved, Trummer was blown away; Coletti won three races and finished 115 points ahead. But the Swiss driver is looking to build on the experience of last year to improve this year.
“I mean in GP2 all is about experience, I will take everything from last year, driving and also as a person, you never stop to grow up, I think I’m a lot more complete this season than I was before.
“Of course, you learn all the time, to say where [I am as a driver] is hard, because I’m learning everywhere, like I said I’m more complete than a few months or years ago.”
Trummer returned to the track in pre-season testing alongside his new team-mate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, and is looking forward to working with him over the forthcoming season. He also spoke about getting back in the car again after the winter break, and how he re-adapted to the GP2 car.
“We already worked together at the first test, I’m sure we will have a good relationship.
“I adapt quite quick, because it’s what I’m used to doing all the year. There was some things we were quite surprised about, means it was more effective than we were thinking, this will give us still a lot to do in Bahrain, but I’m sure we will get on [top of] it.
The Swiss driver refuses to get drawn into his hopes and ambitions for the year ahead, admitting he has targets but is not revealing them to anyone.
“Of course to put all in what I have, to take the maximum out everywhere, like that I’m sure I will reach my targets, which I keep for myself.”
You get a feeling that this is Trummer’s last year to impress in GP2 else he will be out of a drive. He has the luxury of a stable relationship with Rapax, but he needs to start scoring points on a more regular basis. He cannot settle for another year of mid-table obscurity.